How many chances do you have in your life to save another?
Purchasing an AED (automatic external defibrillator) may seem as simple as purchasing a copier machine, but the choices you make today, may be instrumental in more than just reducing your insurance policy-it may actually save a life.
Just a few short years ago, the very concept of a average person using a defibrillator on a person in cardiac arrest may have resembled a comedy movie. Fortunately today, the advancement of technology has transformed science fiction into everyday convenience. The modern Automatic External Defibrillator is safe to use, simple to operate and portable enough to go anywhere.
With rapid advancement of technology comes explosive opportunities for the marketplace. Entire companies now focus on the manufacturing and sales of this important, life-saving device. With a wide variety of choices, colors, models and prices the uninitiated buyer will most definitely be confused.
Here are the 7 key things you should insist upon when purchasing an Automatic External Defib.
Variety of models. A “one size fits all” isn’t a good strategy. You may only have a single need, but a distributor with a variety of options will be able to custom fit the right device with your organizational needs.
Other medical equipment. On the surface it seems that a company that specializes in AED units would be the logical choice. However, by working with a company that has other medical equipment available, you’ll be working with a supplier for all your needs. Customization with one-stop shopping!
24/7 Support. While shopping may be a daytime activity, your lifestyle may not. Be sure to work with a company that has 24/7 support either by phone or online where you can get your order fulfilled, product tracked and questions answered.
Charging of the unit. What is the shelf life of the unit? How long can it last without be charged? What is the expiration date of the unit?
Accessories. Does the product come with pads compatible for children? Is it wall mounted on in a kiosk? Does the unit come with signage for the unit? Is a storage container included?
Training. Is the unit easy to use. Does it come with English only instructions or can a non-English speaking user easily operate the device? Does it come with a DVD or manual for the owner? Are appropriate compliance documents included?
The value you seek in purchasing a life-saving device must be clearly defined. Getting a good price doesn’t mean the lowest price. There will be more than one good choice of an AED for your organization, but selecting the best one will require you to eliminate those options which don’t fit your needs and working with a company that thinks and acts like you. By purchasing your AED from a supplier with a variety of models, options and prices, you’ll now only be confident you’ve made the right choice for you, but you’ll know that the value you received is 2nd to none. Be wary of discounts in parachutes, insurance and defibrillator’s. The life you save, could be your own.